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UN chief welcomes Security Council statement on Syria
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UN chief welcomes Security Council statement on Syria

Oct 2 2013, 6:12pm CDT | by IANS

United Nations, Oct 3 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday welcomed a Security Council statement on Syria, which called for unhindered humanitarian access in the war-torn country, Xinhua reported.

United Nations, Oct 3 — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday welcomed a Security Council statement on Syria, which called for unhindered humanitarian access in the war-torn country, Xinhua...

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UN chief welcomes Security Council statement on Syria

Oct 2 2013, 6:12pm CDT | by IANS

United Nations, Oct 3 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday welcomed a Security Council statement on Syria, which called for unhindered humanitarian access in the war-torn country, Xinhua reported.

United Nations, Oct 3 — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday welcomed a Security Council statement on Syria, which called for unhindered humanitarian access in the war-torn country, Xinhua reported.

"The secretary-general welcomes the presidential statement by the Security Council today that aims to address the horrifying humanitarian situation in Syria and illustrates the commitment of the international community to support the people caught up in the crisis," said a statement issued by Ban's spokesperson.

The UN chief noted that if the commitments and practical steps outlined in the statement are implemented, "humanitarian workers will be able to reach millions of Syrians in desperate need, many of whom have been unreachable for months".

The UN Security Council adopted the statement unanimously Wednesday morning, urging all parties in Syria "to take immediate steps to facilitate the expansion of humanitarian relief operations, and lift bureaucratic impediments and other obstacles".

The statement called on all parties "to take all appropriate steps to ensure the safety and security of United Nations personnel, those of its specialised agencies, and all other personnel engaged in humanitarian relief activities".

It also urged "all member states to respond swiftly to the United Nations' humanitarian appeals to meet the spiralling needs of people inside Syria, in particular internally displaced persons, and Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, and to ensure that all pledges are honoured in full."

The 15-nation body warned that the humanitarian situation will continue to deteriorate in the absence of a political solution to the crisis.

The over-two-year conflict has produced one of the most dramatic exodus of recent years, with an estimated 4.25 million people internally displaced in the battle-weary nation.

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Jul 21 2014 4:57pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

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CAIRO (AP) — With high hopes but low expectations, the U.S. stepped up calls Monday for an international push to end fighting in the Gaza Strip as President Barack Obama sent his top envoy to the Mideast to help broker a new cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants — the third since 2009. Voicing fresh concern about civilian casualties, Obama reaffirmed his belief that Israel has the right to defend itself against a barrage of more than 1,500 rockets being launched by Hamas. Yet he said ...
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Israel must 'die'

Jul 20 2014 4:10pm CDT | Source: WND

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Jul 20 2014 4:09am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 20 (Reuters) - At least 40 Palestinians were killed on Sunday by Israeli shelling in a Gaza neighborhood, where bodies were strewn in the street and thousands fled toward a hospital packed with wounded, witnesses and health officials said. The mass casualties in the Shejaia district in northeast Gaza were the heaviest since Israel launched its offensive on the Palestinian territory on July 8 after cross-border rocket strikes by m ...
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Thousands Flee Major Battle In Gaza

Jul 20 2014 1:07am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Escalating their ground offensive, Israeli troops backed by tanks and warplanes battled Hamas militants in a crowded neighborhood of Gaza City on Sunday. The fighting, including heavy Israeli tank fire, killed scores of Palestinians, forced thousands to flee their homes and left dozens of homes destroyed. Palestinian health officials reported at least 50 dead in air and artillery strikes that echoed across the city for hours and sent panicked ...
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Jul 17 2014 9:01pm CDT | Source: Big Government

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The jihadist group Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), rose to prominence in June as it swept through northern Iraq, conquering major cities like Mosul and Tikrit. One month later, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon suggested that the group is "deeply worrisome" and countries should sanction it. According to Reuters, Ban responded to the growing crisis in a UN report obtained by Reuters ...
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U.N. Strips Syrian Government Of Ability To Block Humanitarian Aid

Jul 14 2014 2:47pm CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

A U.N. convoy delivers much needed aid to the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria CREDIT: AP Photo/UNRWA After months of mounting frustration, the United Nations on Monday stripped Syria’s government of the ability to block humanitarian aid, granting agencies the ability to cross into Syria without Damascus’ approval. In a unanimous vote, the fifteen-member U.N. Security Council passed resolution 216 ...
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Is Israel and Hamas Ready for a Ceasefire?

Jul 14 2014 1:04pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Ban Ki-moon Visits Germany
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